Some wines just scream winter. And here we are, creeping up on the time for a big lavish feast: The slabs of beef, the rich pan sauce, it all calls for a wine stately enough to hold its own. That’s why our 12 Wines began with a big dose of Cabernet.
Warming temperatures associated with climate change are already affecting vineyards from France to Chile, often in beneficial ways. But as the world continues to warm, some traditional winemaking regions are scrambling to adapt, while other areas see themselves as new wine frontiers.
Axa Millesimes is one of Bordeaux’s leading players, with wine properties including Chateau Pichon-Longueville and Chateau Pibran in Pauillac, Chateau Suduiraut in Sauternes and Chateau Petit-Village in Pomerol. The company also owns Compagnie Medocaine des Grands Crus, a major Bordeaux negoçiant.
Some time ago, it was Champagne Bollinger. In 2011 it is 'Champagne Taittinger's turn. What's happening in UK, a key market for champagne houses at a time (christmas season) when huge volumes are at stake? Actually, for Taittinger it also happens in France as Lavinia announced a price of € 24,90 (instead of € 34,50) per bottle.
In the last of our Live Uncorked articles exploring the Spanish way of living, we highlight three different areas of Spain that exemplify this 'live uncorked' spirit through their creative culture, gastronomy and wines...
From beaded bottle covers to aerators to a glowing electric corkscrew, wine stores this holiday season are stuffed with, well, stuff. Lettie Teague tries an array of products to sort the useful from the frivolous.
The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved two new grapegrowing appellations—Coombsville in Napa Valley and Fort Ross-Seaview in Sonoma County. But one Sonoma vintner tells Wine Spectator it's too little, too late.
Finding good wine at a reasonable price in Russia is like finding a needle in a haystack, while limited growth in demand, new alcohol consumption rules and even the changing winds of international politics have all complicated the import industry.
Growth in wine sales by the leading five auction houses slowed to about 14 percent this year from 75 percent in 2010 as the global financial crisis cooled demand for Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and other top Bordeaux producers.
The common story is that the fizz in the bottle was created by a blind monk, Dom Pérignon—but it is no more than a story. Professor Stephen Charters seperates fact from fiction in the champagne business.
Patrick de Gmeline, Specialist in the History of Champagne, has written a few books about History, Champagne and Champagne houses including "Ruinart, the oldest producer of Champagne : From 1729 until today".
What is it with all of us and sweet wine? Even as we've allowed "dry" wines to be co-opted by trace amounts of sugar - just enough to "flatter the palate of the neophyte" (that's vintner Nicolas Joly's phrase about...